Stan Shaffer

Stan Shaffer (1944–2010) was a contemporary American fashion photographer that has spent the last four decades capturing his passion for life and sexuality.

"Stan is a man who loves women. His camera captured their sensuality and style at a time when women were celebrating their freedom. Whether photographing Janice or Angelica, he got their moment and lived the dream with them.” - Ruth Ansel Art Director

Shaffer began his career as a professional photographer in New York as an assistant in 1964. He opened his first studio in NY in 1967. His love of black and white printing and images never left him.

He has contributed to many major fashion magazines in the U.S. and Europe, including covers for Vogue, Elle, and the NY Times Fashions of the Times. He has photographed some of the most beautiful and famous people in the world including unforgettable photographs of Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Janice Dickinson, Halston, Gloria Vanderbilt, Brooke Shields, Patti Hansen, Uma Thurman, David Kennedy, Pete Townsend and Naomi Sims among countless others.

His photographs are in public and private collections throughout the US and internationally. His industry awards include The Art Directors Club of NY, the Society of Publication Designers Award of Excellence, and the CINE Golden Eagle as a Director/Cinematographer for Best Short Film done by an amateur filmmaker.

“You Should Have Been With Me”, his first book, and ultimately his swan song, was published by Hendrik teNeues in the fall of 2010. Its story chronicles his love of photography, life and records the fashion and pop culture of the 60s and 70s and into the 80s.

His work has been shown in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the show
“American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity”, the documentary film about Halston entitled “Ultrasuede”.

Stan is survived by his two adult children Justin and Alexandra Shaffer. 

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